Punta Vicente Roca Liveaboard Diving
Liveaboard Diving With Sunfish, Sea Lions, Galapagos Penguins And Large Shoals of Black-Stripped Salemas
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Liveaboard Diving At Punta Vicente Roca
Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca is about diving with penguins, playful sea lions and Sunfish (Mola Mola), but you will also see parrotfish, stingrays and other marine life and possibly orcas too. The Punta Vicente Roca dive is a wall dive dropping to 28m (92ft) deep and on most liveaboard itineraries.
Where Is Punta Vicente Roca Galapagos
Punta Vicente Roca is at the north west of Isabela Island (Isla Isabela) and positioned on the mouth of the seahorse, which is the shape of the top of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca Diving
Punta Vicente Roca is an excellent wall dive steep that is covered in soft corals including black coral and sponges. But be prepared for cold water diving at Punta Vicente Roca, which is especially cold below the thermocline.
You are probably recommended to dive Punta Vicente Roca using a drysuit, which is what I’d recommend for diving all the Galapagos dive sites instead of a 5-7mm wetsuit.
Punta Vicente Roca is on the west of Isabela Island and drops to a depth of about 28 metres (92 feet) deep. One of the impressive sights is the very large shoals of the black stripped salemas, which is what the local sea lions and Galapagos Penguins chase for food.
The currents can be strong at Punta Vicente Roca, so you will need drift diving experience to dive here, as well as being certified to dive to more than 20 metres (66 feet) too.
If you are in luck, Punta Vicente Roca is one of the only places in the world where you can reliably see sunfish, and on occasion you can see more than just one sunfish at a time on a dive.
What Marine Life Will You See Punta Vicente Roca?
The marine life seen at Punta Vicente Roca includes very large shoals of black-striped salemas, playful sea lions, Galapagos penguins, sunfish (Mola Mola), red-lipped batfish, barracuda shoals, eagle rays, stingrays, marble rays, turtles, bullhead sharks, reef fish including parrotfish, seahorses and a chance to see manta rays and orcas too.
You may also see the marine iguanas at Punta Vicente Roca dive sites too.
Manta Ray at Punta Vicente Roca
Table of Punta Vicente Roca Liveaboards
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|Review: MV Tiburon Explorer; Book: MV Tiburon Explorer
|from £612; $747; €698
|Review: MV Galapagos Sky; Book: MV Galapagos Sky
|from £708; $864; €807
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|from £580; $708; €661
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|8.3 Very good
|from £350; $427; €399
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The Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca Diving Know Before You Go
The following are answers to “Know Before You Go” questions about the Punta Vicente Roca liveaboard diving, Galapagos.
Can Beginners Dive Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca?
Beginner divers can dive Punta Vicente Roca in Galapagos, but they cannot dive the best dive sites like Darwin and Wolf Islands where most of the spectacular marine life is found, including schooling hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. You need a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent as a minimum to dive here.
What Is The Best Time To Punta Vicente Roca Galapagos?
The best time to dive Punta Vicente Roca in Galapagos is when it’s the best diving at Darwin and Wolf Islands, which is for the most schooling hammerheads is January to April, and for whale sharks is between June and December. For more information please read this article: When is The Best Time to See Hammerheads in Galapagos Islands.
Is Diving In Galapagos Cold?
The sea temperatures around Galapagos can get cold, which can be as low as 21°C (69.8°F), so you may need a 5-7mm wetsuit when it’s this cold and maybe even a drysuit if you’re particularly sensitive to the cold.
Should You Bring a Wetsuit To Punta Vicente Roca Galapagos?
You will need a wetsuit to dive Galapagos and Punta Vicente Roca, as water temperatures range between 16-30°C (60.8-86°F), but there are cold 16-18°C (60.8-65°F) thermoclines, so a thick wetsuit is needed year-round. You will need a 5-7mm wetsuit, or better still a drysuit, to dive Punta Vicente Roca.
It is also recommended to bring a hood and gloves when you dive Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca, to keep you warm and the gloves will protect your hands when grabbing hold of rocks to avoid being washed away in the currents.
The park laws of the Galapagos Islands National Park and Marine Reserve do not permit reef hooks to be used, which is why you will need to use your hands.
The park rules also forbid spear fishing, feeding the fish, collecting any souvenirs like shells and underwater scooters or DPV units.
For a guide about wetsuits and water temperature, please read this article: Wetsuit Temperature Guide Scuba Diving.
How Hard Is Diving Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca?
Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca diving can be hard as there are strong to moderate currents to contend with, which may require you to hold on to rocks so you do not drift away in the current. There are also surges that can cause difficulties during your safety stop, plus the sea state can be choppy too.
Will You Suffer Sea Sickness On Punta Vicente Roca Liveaboard?
If you suffer from motion sickness, you may get seasick on the liveaboard trip to Punta Vicente Roca due to the currents and surges in the region.
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